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a reporter surveys people leaving an ice hockey game and asks them whether they agree that the rink is old and rundown and should be destroyed to make room for a new Shop Smart Store. Why might the data this reporter collects be biased?


first of all i don't know what is biased and im so confused about this problem grrr.

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    Obviously, the people who have participated in or watched the game are interested in hockey.

    This is a biased sample because it's just one small sample who obviously enjoy ice hockey. It doesn't take into consideration the opinions of others in the community.

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    Biased means he has already made up his mind which way he wants the survery to go and he has phrased his question in that way.
    http://www.answers.com/biased
    http://www.answers.com/prejudiced

    If he were to rephrase the question in this way, he would probably get better results, even if the data supports his own private view:
    "Do you think this rink should be demolished and a new retail store built on this ground?"

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